Maitres du Temps Introduces New Limited Edition Chapter One

Mar 18, 2009
The Chapter One, created in rose gold and revealed by Maitres du Temps in 2008, has enjoyed tremendous success. This year, Maitres du Temps is proud to unveil a new limited edition version of the sophisticated timepiece.

The new Maitres du Temps Chapter One watch, limited to just 11 pieces, demonstrates a jet-black dial and rollers that distinctively contrast to a white gold case. The one-of-a-kind cambered case of the watch has been conceived from 104 individual components. Measuring 62.60 mm x 45.90 mm, the case features a nice combination of polished and satin finishes.

The white gold version of the Chapter One watch has inherited the unique design and the remarkable combination of watchmaking complications of the initial rose gold version. The Chapter One watch was born due to the successful collaboration of three gifted watchmakers, Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis, and Mr. Peter Speake-Marin.

The timepiece
, animated by a manual-wind mechanical movement, excites imagination by its unique combination of complications: one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde GMT, retrograde date, and two rolling bars positioned at 6 and 12 o’clock for the day of the week and phase of the moon, respectively.

The black dial of the Chapter One watch, reviewed by watches.infoniac.com, has an 18K gold base completed with printed Roman numerals. The elegant white gold hands and the counterpoised chronograph seconds hand in bright red nicely contrast to the black surface and provide perfect readability.

The retrograde GMT sector at 9 o’clock, the retrograde date sector at 3 o’clock and the chronograph 60-minute counter at 12 o'clock demonstrate an appealing engine-turned sun-ray guilloche pattern. The aperture at 6 o'clock reveals the black polished steel tourbillon bridge, with the tourbillon escapement completing its continuous revolutions.

The original roller displays for the moon phase indicator and days of the week, produced from anodized aluminum, further enhance the powerful appeal of the Chapter One watch. The face of the watch is protected by sapphire crystal provided with double anti-reflective coating.

The Maitres du Temps Chapter One watch accommodates an extremely complex movement - Caliber SHC02. The handcrafted movement has been meticulously assembled from 558 components. Operating at a frequency of 21, 600 vibrations per hour, the movement provides a 60-hour power-reserve. The movement can be admired through an exhibition case back, produced from sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Moreover, the timepiece is really easy to operate. The two-position winding crown must be pushed in when you need to wind the watch and pulled out when you need to set the time. The single pusher in the crown is used for activating the start/stop/return-to-zero chronograph function.

The Chapter One watch also features a number of correctors with integrated locking system:
  • Date corrector at 2 o’clock,

  • Day of the week corrector at 4 o’clock,

  • Moon phase corrector at 8 o’clock,

  • GMT corrector at 10 o’clock.

The Maitres du Temps Chapter One watch is coupled with a hand-sewn alligator leather strap fitted with an 18K white gold deployant buckle.

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